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Kerry McCarthy
Bridge the Gap

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Welcome to my website. You can use this site to find out how to contact me, or to find out about me and Bristol East. 

To see some of the work I have been up to recently you can view my newsletters.

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My latest environmental newsletter.

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It also includes regular updates on issues and campaigns in which I am involved and, in the news section, what I have been doing in Bristol and in Westminster.
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Latest news

13 July 2018
Just been down to visit the fantastic Help Bristol's Homeless Project. It is an innovative way to provide housing solutions using shipping containers and converting vehicles for people who would otherwise be on the streets. Would appreciate donations or volunteering support, especially from anyone with a trade!
It was great to meet the Women’s Institute and learn about their #EndPlasticSoup campaign. Micro-plastic fibres are tiny strands of plastic shed from synthetic clothing. These fibres are washed into the ocean, digested by marine life, and ultimately end up in our food.
I enjoyed attending Guide Dog’s ‘Street Clutter’ event to learn about the challenges that people with sight loss face when walking the streets. Too often our streets can be cluttered with dangerous obstacles for blind and partially sighted people, or people with mobility issues.
Last week, I was really pleased to win the Best Parliamentary Champion 2018 award for my work to raise the profile of swifts. The Species Champion project asks elected representatives to give voice to ‘at risk’ species – from plants to birds, insects and bats - in policy-making, to focus on the work that is needed to ensure their future survival.
Here’s a lovely story from one of my younger constituents who recently got in touch. Bella is 9 years old and wants to help tackle homelessness. I put her in touch with Help Bristol’s Homeless, a social enterprise which has a housing-first policy in order to deal with the complex reasons people end up on the streets. If you’re inspired by her then please give Help Bristol’s Homeless a donation here -
Today we celebrate the 70th birthday of our National Health Service. Britain’s universal healthcare system was founded on the three principles: that it would meet the needs of everyone, remain free at the point of delivery, and be based on clinical need, not ability to pay. It became active on Monday the 5th of July 1948.
I've just signed the following pledge, which makes clear that my constituency surgeries are a safe place for all constituents, regardless of their immigration status. "As a member of parliament, I pledge to represent and advocate for all people living in my constituency as equal members of the local community, regardless of their immigration status. My constituency and surgery are safe places and I welcome all my constituents to seek representation free from fear of immigration enforcement. I will not report on anyone who seeks my advice to the Home Office for immigration enforcement and will ensure my office correctly handles sensitive personal information to prevent this from happening.”

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In chamber waiting for adjournment debate on #OrkambiNow #cysticfibrosis to start. Lots of points of orders about P…
.@ChukaUmunna has been granted a UQ (Urgent Question) on it at 12.30 but I don’t suppose government response will b…
@ReeceFranciss @vivacampaigns Oh. I used to know that!
@LilliWednesday With splurge guns?

The week ahead

Week beginning 16th of July

This week, the Commons will be voting on the remaining stages of two Brexit-related bills, the Customs Bill and the Trade Bill. On the latter, Kerry is supporting amendments calling for parliament to be given powers to scrutinise future trade deals and a “non-regression” clause on environmental protections. There will also be debates on the future relationship between the UK and the EU, the Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill, the Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy, and a general debate on the tobacco control plan.

Departmental questions this week include Home Office, Business, Energy and Industrial strategy, Exiting the EU, as well as the usual Prime Minister’s Questions.

Kerry’s meeting in parliament this week include the Children’s Future Food Inquiry, the Music Industry Visa Task Force, and a meeting with representatives from Friends of the Earth. She will also be attending meetings of the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism.

The Environmental Audit Committee, of which Kerry is a member, will be agreeing its reports on ‘The 25 Year Plan for the Environment’ and ‘Heatwaves: Adapting to Climate Change’ as well as meeting to hear evidence on The Changing Arctic. The EFRA Committee will be meeting to agree its report on real fur products being sold as fake fur. Kerry will also be on the draft legislation committee to consider the Draft Single Source Contract (Amendment) Regulations 2018.

On Friday Kerry will be back in the constituency, where, amongst other things, she will be holding a constituency surgery in Brislington. At the weekend, she will be speaking on several panels at Tolpuddle festival, on the subjects of Brexit, issues affecting those in the music industry. and living without plastic waste.

If you would like to contact Kerry or her office you can call during weekdays on 0117 939 9901 (between 10am and 1pm) or email at

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